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Openwork appoints chief operating officer

Openwork has appointed Aviva interim change delivery director for life and pensions Paul Bridge as chief operating officer.

Bridge replaces Mary-Anne McIntyre, who was promoted to become Openwork’s chief executive in June. It was announced in April that former Openwork chief executive Martin Davis was leaving the firm to become Cofunds chief executive.

Bridge’s previous roles also include director of UK change and technology at Bupa Health and Wellbeing, as well as working with organisations including Barclays, Invesco Perpetual, Allied Irish Bank, Scottish Widows and Ernst & Young.

As chief operating officer he will be responsible for Openwork’s partner facing support functions and delivering the network’s strategic programme including providing a platform for Openwork members.

Openwork chief executive Mary-Ann McIntyre says: “Openwork and its advisers are about to embark on a period of significant change and Paul Bridge’s experience of guiding companies through transformations will play a vital role in ensuring our members are fully prepared for the challenges ahead.

“Our recent appointments speak volumes about the business’ ambitions and ability to attract high calibre individuals, and I believe Openwork is very well placed to thrive in the coming years.”

Openwork chief operating officer Paul Bridge says: “Openwork is a company with a strong sense of where it is going and how it wants to get there. That strategic certainty, and the obvious level of talent and leadership within the business, makes Openwork a compelling proposition and it is with great pleasure that I assume this role at what is a critical time for advisers and the industry in general.”

The latest announcement follows the appointment of Mark Duckworth as managing director of distribution and marketing last month. Duckworth was previously commercial development director at Openwork.

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